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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 6, 2007 7:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lyrical flubs--Deal breaker or no big Deal?

Yeah, a word here or there is one thing....but when Jerry goes for whole lines of lyrics mumbling or whining (like in Shakedowns where he blows the words) it just kills the damn song for me.

I've also wondered why they couldn't fix things "on the fly" so to speak.....on only a couple of occassions have I heard Jerry successfully do this--there's a "He's Gone" out there in which he sings the "cat on a tin roof" lyric before the "9 mile skid" lyric, and rather than sing the same line twice or mumble, he just goes w/it and sings "hot as a pistol but cool inside" where the "nuthin left to do..." line should be...I like that!

Also, there's a "Ramble" in which he reverses the last two verses so that Mary Shelly and Frankenstein come before Crazy Otto and Wolfman Jack, but better that than just panicking and mumbling thru a great lyric.

All I know is if there are blown words then the music better be damn hot to make up for it....to me, this was very much not the case thru most of the 80's ('85-'88 in particular) and that's a bad combination.



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